Jessica Filosa

Professor

Jessica Filosa

Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology

The Graduate School

Education

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, General Wright State University, 2002

  • MS, Bio, General Emporia State University, 1997

Awards & Honors

  • Hamilton Scholar in Physiology Department of Physiology, Augusta University, 2017

  • Outstanding Young Research Scientist (GHSU) Georgia Health Sciences University, 2012

  • Multidisciplinary approaches for the study of neurogenic hypertension: recent theoretical and experimental advances: APS Latin-American Initiative 2011

  • Functional Hyperemia in the Brain: APS Latin-American Initiative 2008

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • BIOM 8080

    Neuroscience I
  • MEDI 5198

    Phase 1 Comprehensive Module
  • MEDI 5088

    Medical Scholars Program
  • MEDI 5158

    Mod 3: Cardiopulmonary

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Augmented astrocyte microdomain Ca2+ dynamics and parenchymal arteriole tone in angiotensin II-infused hypertensive mice., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Stroke and the neurovascular unit: glial cells, sex differences and hypertension., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Augmented astrocyte microdomain Ca(2+) dynamics and parenchymal arteriole tone in angiotensin II-infused hypertensive mice., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Oral NaHCO(3) Activates a Splenic Anti-Inflammatory Pathway: Evidence That Cholinergic Signals Are Transmitted via Mesothelial Cells., 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Upstream current for a downstream flow., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

My major research interest is to gain understanding of the signaling mechanisms governing bi-directional communication among the various cell types within the brain. In particularly, I am interested in the communication between neurons and their surrounding glial and vascular cells. Recent findings have demonstrated an important role for astrocytes as intercellular bridges between the state of neuronal activity and vascular dynamics (or neurovascular coupling). These findings have led to a number of different hypotheses addressing the potential role astrocytes have in neurovascular coupling.

Department Service

  • Departmental Graduate Student Committee 2008 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Search Committee Member for Chair 2018 - 2019

  • Departmental Awards Committee 2019

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Search Committee Member for Assistant Professor 2018

  • Seminar Series 2014 - 2017

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • Basic Science Advisory Council committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Intramural Grants Programs 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Search Committee Member for Chair Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine position 2017 - Present

  • Institutional Chemical Safety 2008 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Jennifer Iddings: PhD student 2010 - 2015

    Role: Mentor

Professional Service

  • Scientific Advisory Committee for the 2020 International Symposium on Resistance Arteries - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism abstract reviewer - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism Early Career Investigator Committee for Brain - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism Program Committee for Brain - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Brain 2019 Conference Program Committee 2019 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member